Subfield Specialties

Graduate Training and Research Subfields:

  • American Politics: Our American Politics faculty have specific strengths in political behavior, public opinion and political communication, race, ethnicity, and politics, political parties, and American political development.  We also cover, however, national institutions, urban politics, interest groups, and representation.
  • Comparative Politics: Our Comparative Politics faculty have particular strengths in the study of political regimes and democratization, internal conflict and civil war, political parties, the influence of international institutions on domestic politics, citizens’ vote choice and other forms of political behavior, and the political economy of development.
  • International Relations: Our International Relations faculty have particular strengths in the politics of international law, state formation and change, religion and politics, critical theory, and the role of international institutions in the global economy, violent conflict and conflict resolution.
  • Methodology: Our Methods faculty have distinctive research strengths in experimental methods, multi-level models, multi-method research design, qualitative methods, social choice, spatial modeling, agent-based modeling, GIS, and interpretive methods.
  • Political Theory: Our Political Theory faculty has particular strengths in classical political thought, early modern and modern political thought, philosophy of social science, democratic theory, and contemporary and feminist theory and  we maintain close ties with other subfields in Political Science (especially in the areas of international relations theory and American political development).  We encourage students to undertake interdisciplinary and internationally inflected research with cooperating faculty in Philosophy, Comparative Literary Studies, Rhetoric and Public Culture, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Critical Theory and Classics.

Cross sub-field and interdisciplinary areas of faculty research.